Showing posts with label DIA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIA. Show all posts

Monday, January 11, 2021

Get Out of Your House and Have Some Safe, Free Fun by Visiting the DIA

Photo from the DIA's Facebook Page

By now, we are all getting a little tired of staying at home. For most of us, it has been months of being in our homes, working from home, and only seeing a few select people from time to time. Sure, jigsaw puzzles, binging shows on Netflix, and going for walks is fun, but we are all itching for something different to do. 

Well, did you know that you can spice up your routine by going to the DIA? The Detroit Institute of Arts is in fact open to the public. Plus, if you are low on cash, it is still free to get in, as long as you live in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb County. Although it is free, reservations are currently required to visit the museum. Capacity is limited, so some days, reservations fill up in advance, especially for the weekend. So, if you're planning to attend, go online ahead of time, pick the date that you are interested in visiting, and make your reservations. If you plan to go during the week, chances are you will be able to make a reservation the day of, but those weekends fill up quickly! 

The DIA is currently open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday and Friday, the 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. time slot is reserved for high-risk patrons. Face masks are required at all times while visiting the DIA, and your temperature will be checked at the door. Also, the café and coat check are currently closed, no large bags are permitted, and only credit and debit cards are accepted for any purchases that you make. And of course, everyone is expected to practice social distancing while at the DIA. 

To go over the DIA's full COVID-19 protocol, click here. To make your reservation to visit the DIA, click here. Make sure you also head over and follow the DIA on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop on updates and virtual experiences. 


Monday, February 24, 2020

Don't Forget About the DIA

The Detroit Institue of Arts houses one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. It showcases over 100 different collections at a time with a net worth of over $8 billion. Because of this, it is one of the top 6 museums in our country, hosting approximately 750,000 visitors a year. They have over 65,000 pieces in their permanent collection and a variety of guest collections that are showcased throughout the year. Some of their most popular permanent pieces include Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Diego Rivera, Vincent Van Gogh, and Kehinde Wiley.  They also have a variety of unique public events including Yoga classes in the Diego Rivera room taught by Motor Om. It's is one of the city's coolest cultural resources and if you live in Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne county the millage fees that you pay in your yearly taxes have traditionally made it free for you to get in as many times as you would like. This means that we personally stop in every time we see a new piece has been added to the collection.  

Last weekend we popped in for a few hours to see the first Kermit puppet that Jim Henson ever created, an original self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, and some of Salvador Dali's surrealist work. We also enjoyed a coffee in the beautiful atrium-style cafe. All of these pieces are temporarily on loan and worth a visit if you haven't seen them yet. What's also worth it is the millage tax that many of us pay to make sure that the DIA remains a free place for all of us to take in art and culture when we need a break from staring at our social media feeds. The next millage vote takes place on March 10th, so we wanted to remind you how awesome this space is before you hit the polls. To learn more about the vote click here. To learn what exhibits are currently showing at The DIA, click here. The DIA is one of the most valuable things Detroit has to offer. If you haven't visited lately, make the trip. You won't regret it.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Few Fun Free Things to Do in Detroit During the Winter

Michigan winters are rough.  We go weeks without seeing the sun and get stuck inside the house every time there is a big storm. It's easy to become restless and need something to do. So, we compiled a list of a few fun, free activities that are worth venturing out of the house for this winter. Don't stay cooped up, get out and explore Detroit this Winter!

1. Visit the DIA:
Current exhibits: Selections of African American Art from Private Collections, Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Portraits of Americans in the Age of Enlightenment, Michigan’s Great Lakes: Photographs by Jeff Gaydash, Bruegel's “The Wedding Dance” Revealed + their permanent collection which includes pieces from Andy Warhol, Diego Rivera and Kehinde Wiley.

Free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County residents! (Must have ID to prove residency)
$6- $14 a person for people outside of those counties.

Hours: Tue - Thurs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday- Closed

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

2. Explore the Indoor Activites at Belle Isle:

Belle Isle Nature Center- Get an insider’s view of an actual beehive and get an up-close view of Michigan wildlife including birds, deer, toads, snakes, bees, turtles and more!

Free entry for all.
Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum- This museum places special interest in Detroit's role in national and regional maritime history. It features one of the largest collections of model ships in the world and the bow anchor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which went down in a storm in 1975.

Free entry for all.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory- The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is an exotic and rare collection of plants from around the world. It is also the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. The Palm House includes tropical trees and palms, the Cactus House is home to succulents and cactus, the Fernery is sunken to provide cooler conditions and more humidity, the Tropical House is where many plants that provide food are housed including bananas, oranges, figs, and the Show House has changing displays of flowering plants.

Free entry for all.
Open Wed-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Belle Isle Aquarium- The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn. It is home to a unique collection of fish. With one of the largest collections of air-breathing fish in the world.

Free entry for all.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m

3. Visit All of Detroit's Gorgeous Historical Buildings:
Detroit has some amazing buildings to explore. They are worth visiting just for the architecture but they are also great places to take a shot for the gram.

The Fisher Building- The Fisher is an art deco dream that was designed by Albert Kahn and
finished in 1928. You can take a formal tour or just walk around on your own. There are a few shops to stop into and a place to grab a coffee while you admire the architecture.

3011 W Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202

Guardian Building- The Guardian Building is another great art deco design that was created by Wirt C. Rowland and constructed in 1929.  It's high rise ceilings are gorgeous from top to bottom.  You can take a look around for yourself or sign up for a guided tour.

500 Griswold Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Cadillac Place in New Center- This high rise was designed by Albert Kahn and constructed in 1922.  It was originally home to GM's headquarters before being turned into a headquarters for a variety of government programs and a few local stores.

3044 West Grand Boulevard


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Noel Night

Noel Night will be returning to Detroit for the 46th year in a row! The once modest festival has become a huge gathering that features events at over 120 hot spots in the city. This includes free entry to some of the area's most popular spaces, like The DIA, The Michigan Science Center, and The Detroit Historical Museum. There will be performances all over town by lots of different artists, including Frank Moka, Olivia Millerschin, and Thornetta Davis. There will also be fun events for the whole family including ice scrapers competition in front of CCS, Horse Carriage Rides around WSU, and art and retail popups in different spaces around town. The biggest change to this year's event is that it actually starts at 11 a.m. and it will run throughout the day making more time for you to stop in and more room for everyone that wants to have an experience. So, without further ado here are links to everything you want to know about Noel Night!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Comes to the DIA

This Sunday, May 20th the DIA will open their long awaited exhibit, Star Wars and the Power of Costume. This travelling exhibition will feature more than 60 original costumes from the films and focuses on the artistry behind them. Apparel from characters like Padmé Amidala, Chewbacca, and even R2-D2 will be on display. In addition to checking out the costumes, this tour will offer a "free multimedia tour – youth and adult versions – that will draw connections between the films’ costumes and works of art in the DIA’s collection, allowing visitors to experience the museum in new ways".

Tickets to attend Star Wars and the Power of Costume range from $22.50 - $27.50 depending on whether you would like to attend on the weekend or during the week. Admission for children is $7. If you live in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County you will also receive a $5 discount on adult admission. The exhibit runs this Sunday through September 30th, but if you want to see these costumes, the DIA highly suggests that you buy your tickets in advance, because dates will sell out. To purchase your tickets and get more info, click here.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Where to Celebrate this May the Fourth

Due to a magnificent play on words, May the 4th has become known as Star Wars Day. For those that aren't into the saga, the unofficial holiday has been established simply because May the fourth sounds a lot like "May the force" a phrase heard throughout Star Wars movies referencing The Force. If you don't know what The Force is, we're pretty surprised that you're even reading this article, but we'll let Obi-Wan explain it to you.

So, now that you're up to speed on why you're seeing all of the Star Wars puns and memes today, here are some other fun ways that you can celebrate Star Wars Day! 

Friday evening at 6 p.m. the DIA will be taking a group Star Wars photo. Building up to the opening of their new exhibit “Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume", featuring costumes from the films on display, the DIA is bringing together as many people as possible in their best Star Wars garb for a group photo in front of the DIA. 200 pairs of tickets to the new exhibit will be given away to fans at the photo shoot. The Power of the Costume exhibit opens on May 20th. For more info on the exhibit and the Star Wars Day photo shoot, click here.

Since you will already be all dressed up and Downtown, make sure you head over to the Tangent Gallery which will once again be transformed into Mos Eisley Cantina for Space Dive. This is the fourth year now that the bar has been completely transformed in honor of Star Wars Day and we're not talking about some cheesy decorations. When you walk in, you will feel like you have dived right into the movie. Costumes for this event are mandatory! If you don't already have options to choose from hanging in your closet, here are some last minute costume ideas from Tickets to Space Dive are $20 or $30 for a booth. The cantina will be open Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th from 8 p.m. 'til 2 a.m. For more info, click here.

If you're into Star Wars, but you don't really feel like going all out, you can also head to B. Nektar where they will be releasing their new 2 Year Reserve called Episode 13. Bottles and shirts will be available. There will also be live music from After Ours and Gus GreenLeaf. For more info, click here.

Last, but not least, if you'd rather just stay in today, TBS Network has a Star Wars marathon going on all day long.

We hope you all have an awesome Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you!


Monday, February 19, 2018

Celebrate Black History Month in Detroit

Black History Month was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It was adopted as a national month-long celebration in 1976 and is celebrated throughout the country in many different ways throughout the month of February. Here in Detroit, many of the galleries and museums are celebrating by hosting Black History Month events.  But, the month is almost over! So if you haven't had a chance to celebrate this holiday, here are few fun ways that you can honor the history of the black experience. 

African American History Day
Feb. 24th 10 am - 4 pm 
Cost: Free for all

Oh Ananse! by the Detroit Puppet Theater
Feb. 25th 2 pm
Cost: $15/adults, $10/kids

African History Month
Feb. 22nd - 25th 1 pm - 3pm Thursday - Sunday
Cost: $14/adults, $11/ages 2-12, free/under age 2

Detroit Institute of Arts
Black History Month
All month Long
Open: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
Cost: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents; others: $14/adults, $9/seniors, $8/college students with ID, $6/ages 6-17, free/kids 5 and under

Henry Ford Museum
Celebrate Black History Event
Feb. 21st - 25th  9:30 am - 5 pm daily
Cost: Free admission with museum ticket: $23/ages 12-61, $17.25/ages 3-11, $21/ages 62-plus, free/kids 2 and under; $6/parking


Friday, February 2, 2018

Spend Valentines Day with Patti Smith

Let's be honest, most of us hate Valentine's Day. Some of us hate it because we are spending it alone and others hate it because there are so many expectations and it's so easy to disappoint. Usually, we would encourage you to avoid the night all together but this year there is something fun to do that doesn't require you to be part of a couple or even care about love!

The legendary Patti Smith is releasing her latest book Devotion on Wednesday, February 14th at the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre. This book promises readers an inside look at Smith's creative process and the Valentine's Day event offers fans a chance to get up close and personal with the author while picking up a copy of the book to take home and read. Patti will be speaking, but she will not be signing copies of the book after the chat.
Tickets to attend the event are $20 in advance and each ticket purchased includes a copy of the new book. Seating at the event is general admission and groups will be seated on a first come first serve basis. The event starts at 7 p.m. on the 14th and tickets will sell out in advance, so make sure that you scoop yours up soon.

Screw candy hearts and overbooked restaurants! Spend the "holiday" with Patti and live a life of no


Friday, December 2, 2016

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Noel Night

This Saturday night, December 3rd Noel Night will take over Midtown Detroit. Now in it's 44th year, this annual event brings together droves of people and brings the holiday spirit to the streets of Detroit. One of the biggest highlights of this event is free admission to some of Detroit's greatest attractions. The Michigan Science Center, DIA, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and over 100 establishments in Detroit will open their doors to the public free of charge. Then, as you stroll from place to place, there will be plenty to do throughout the streets of Detroit. Some of the festivities include horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping, crafts and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The night is topped off by a Christmas sing-a-long in the streets.

Noel Night will kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday and goes until 10 p.m. There will also be shuttles running between participating venues, if you're worried about all of that walking. For a full list of participating venues and a schedule of the night's events, click here. With all of the fun festivities going on throughout the evening, you'll definitely want to head out with a plan so you don't miss out on anything! So, check out the map below to get an idea of everything that you want to see and hear on this Noel Night.


Friday, October 14, 2016

See "Generation Startup" this Weekend at the DIA

Have you ever had an amazing idea, but you were just too afraid to take a chance and make that idea a reality? We are lucky enough to live in a city that is coming back to life. It is full of opportunities and people taking chances. Generation Startup is a film about some of these people.

Created by Cynthia Wade and Cheryl Miller, this film tells the story of six recent college graduates that "put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit". Those six people are Brian Rudolph and Avery Hairston of Banza, Dextina Booker of Rock Ventures and Shinola, Labib Rahman from Mason, Kate Catlin at Detroit Labs, and Max Nussenbaum of Castle. You can learn more about them and their stories before you see the film by clicking here. The filmmakers followed these individuals for 17 months to show you their struggles, defeats and successes during their entrepreneurial endeavors.

This Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th you can see Generation Startup at the DIA. The film will be shown at 9:30 p.m. both nights in the Detroit Film Theatre. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased in advance here. Check out the trailer of the film for yourself below. Then head to the DIA this weekend and get ready to be inspired!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Belle Isle Art Fair

This Saturday and Sunday, August 6th and 7th,  Belle Isle will be hosting its first art fair. Over 80 vendors will  be setting up shop for the weekend in front of  the Scott Fountain. Vendors will be selling all kinds of different items, including paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photos and more. The DIA will be hosting a free art activity, the Michigan Renaissance Festival will be helping guest make free wands, and  there will be acoustic performers playing throughout the weekend.

The festival is free to attend and park at if you have a State Park Passport. If you do not, they can be purchased for $11 and they are good for the year. If you walk or ride onto the isle it is 100% free to attend the show. The art fair will run from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, head to


Friday, February 13, 2015

See Ten Oscar Nominated Films at the DIA

The Oscars are just over a week away and, if you're anything like me, you probably haven't seen half of the films that are nominated. Some of them you may not have seen yet because you have no interest, others because you simply can't justify dishing out $10-$15 per movie. Well, there are also some films that are nominated for Oscars that you can't just head to your neighborhood theater to see. One of the categories that you probably haven't seen one film from is the Short Films, but don't worry, the DIA has you covered.

All this weekend as well as on Wednesday and Thursday, February 18th and 19th, the DIA is showing all of the Academy Award Nominated Short Films. Within the Short Film category there are animated and live action films. The DIA will be showing the films from both categories, with a short intermission between the two subcategories. This year's Animated Short Film Nominees are The Bigger Picture, The Dam Keeper, Feast, Me & My Moulton, and A Single Life. The list of Live Action Short Film Nominees includes Aya, Boogaloo and Graham, Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak), Parvaneh, and The Phone Call. To read a description of each of these films, click here.

Admission to see all 10 films is only $8.50 or $6.50 for students, seniors and DIA members. You can purchase your tickets at the box office or online here. The entire run time for the evening (including intermission) is 3 and 1/2 hours. Showtimes for this week are Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday there are two showings, one at 1 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m.

The DIA Film Theatre is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. For more information on this event, click here.


Friday, February 6, 2015

5 Things to do Indoors on a Cold Winter's Day in Detroit

At Hip In Detroit we are always urging you to get out there and have fun. With winter in full swing and bitter temperatures, sometimes it isn't so easy to make yourself leave the house. Well we wanted to give you some fun ideas of things you can do in Detroit, while staying warm indoors. We didn't mention the obvious options that we tell you about everyday, like going to a show, grabbing a drink, or going out to eat. Instead, we thought of five things that you might not think to do or simply might not know about. Most of them are options for any day or night of the week too!

Movies at the Ren Cen - 200 Renaissance Center #a201, Detroit, Michigan 48243
Most people think of the Renaissance Center as a cool looking building with a hotel, GM, and a couple of restaurants inside. Well, you might be surprised to find out that there is a movie theatre in there too! It's called the Ren Cen 4 and it is ran by the same company that is in charge of the Birmingham 8. Located in the 200 tower of the Renaissance Center, it houses 4 theatres showing the latest blockbusters. Plus the concession stand offers Detroit's own Little Caesars and cocktails on the weekend. For showtimes and details on the Ren Cen 4, click here.  

Go to a Museum!
Detroit is lucky enough to be home to some amazing museums. The DIA is world renowned, housing pieces from around the world, including art by some of the greats like Picasso and Rembrandt. There's also the Detroit Historical Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Michigan Science Center and MOCAD. And you can't forget Hitsville USA a.k.a. the Motown Museum. So, whether you like music, history, art, or science, Detroit has a museum for you!

Fowling Warehouse - 3901 Christopher St., Hamtramck, MI 48211
It seems like this one has been the talk of the town lately! The Fowling Warehouse combines football and bowling for a new game. I have yet to try my hand at fowling, but I have a feeling this is one of those games where the tipsier you get, the better you get. Or it could be the exact opposite of that. One thing is for sure, you won't know how good you are at fowling until you try! Who doesn't want to throw a football at some pins though, right? The Fowling Warehouse is open 7 days a week, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. through the week and Noon on the weekend. Kids are welcome during the day on Saturday and Sunday too! To find out what fowling is all about, click here.

Feather Bowling @ Cadieux Cafe - 4300 Cadieux Rd. Detroit, MI 48224
Fowling isn't the only different take on bowling that Detroit has to offer, Feather Bowling was around way before. And if you want to go Feather Bowling, Cadieux Cafe is the place to go! Think of it like Bocce meets bowling, but instead of trying to hit pins or get close to another ball, there's a feather. There's another place or two in Metro Detroit that has tried to feature Feather Bowling, but Cadieux is the original and the place to go. For prices and to get an idea on how to play the game, click here.

Get Crafty!
Yeah, you can get in touch with your creative side at home, but Detroit has a couple of options that you might not think of trying, Pottery and Puppets. Right in Downtown Detroit you can find Pewabic Pottery and PuppetART. Both of these organizations offer workshops and classes for people of all different skill sets. Pewabic has classes and workshops nearly every night of the week. PuppetART offers workshops after all of their shows and you can even schedule a private workshop for groups. If you aren't really a hands on person, both of these options allow you to just go check out some different art too! Both have museums, plus at Pewabic you can watch artisans at work while at PuppetART you can go see a show in their puppet theatre!

Of course, there are a ton of options that we haven't mentioned! But, feel free to tell everyone your favorite way to spend the day indoors in Detroit in the comments below. Who knows, your favorite could be something that someone else didn't even know existed!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Samurai Style - "Beyond The Armor"

The DIA strives to bring culture to our community not only through their amazing museum, but also through community involvement. The museum currently has an exhibit on display entitled "Samurai: Beyond the Sword" which features military arts and the Samurai engagement in Japanese culture. In addition to the exhibit in the DIA, they have also teamed up with the Detroit Garment Group Guild to put on a competition called "Beyond the Armor".

Beyond the Armor is a competition that challenged local fashion designers to create an outfit inspired by the exhibit. The competition began earlier this spring and the participants have been narrowed down to 10 finalists. Those finalists include a couple of our favorite local designers, Kelly Lynne Sager and Sarah Lapinski. The designers have been highlighting their design experience through photos and video blogs that you can check out here.

The entire competition leads up to a fashion show at the DIA on Saturday, May 17th at Noon. However, until then, the pieces have been travelling throughout Metro Detroit and have been on display in various arenas. They are currently being shown at Ikea in Canton and we urge you to go out and see these amazing creations for yourself. They truly are works of art. Plus, while on site, you can vote for your favorite! The votes will be tallied up and will determine the winner, who will be announced at the fashion show on the 17th. But, if you want to get out and see these ensembles with your own eyes you have to hurry! They will only be on display through Monday, May 12th. If you can't make the hike to Canton before then, you can head over to the DG3 site to check out the designs and cast your vote. Choose wisely though, as you can only vote once per email address.

Amazing work to all of the designers involved! For more information on the DIA and the exhibit that inspired this contest, click here.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Noel Night is Tonight!

Tonight you have a  chance to partake in some holiday festivities and get into Detroit's Museums for free at the 40th annual Noel Night. This event brings together artists, vendors, musicians and performers in Midtown for one night.  You can pick up some Christmas gifts for your friends and family made by local artists (including Angela McBride from Peace Love Spandex) while shopping outdoors in a very festive setting.

In addition to shopping, the streets are filled with song during sing-a-longs and even horse drawn carriages. If you want to warm up for a bit, you can head into numerous establishments that will all be opening their doors to the public for free tonight, including the DIA, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Historical Museum. 

Sounds like a fun night and better yet, it's free. So head downtown and get in the Christmas spirit! Noel Night is from 5 - 9:30 p.m. tonight only! So drop in after the Detroit Urban Craft Fair or before you head out to the bar for the night. If you don't make it there tonight, you'll have to wait a whole year for a night like this!

~ C

Friday, September 21, 2012

Who's Ready To Taste Passalacqua!

This has been a big summer for Passalacqua. The hip hop duo has been making a name for themselves across town. First they won the prestigious Kresge award and then they performed one of the most talked about sets at this year’s DIY festival
They describe themselves as a meshing of 'old school hip hop, east coast rap and the murkier underground and boisterous pop angled rap.' They are known for keeping their audiences guessing. Fans are always asking themselves what Blaksmith and Mister will do next when they are performing on stage. 

That’s why it comes as no surprise that they are stepping off stage and into the role of ice cream service clerks. They are serving up scoops of ice cream for anyone that wants to drop by the DIA this Saturday, September 23rd, from 2-4 p.m. The best part is the flavor they will be serving up is none other than Treat Dreams Passlacqua flavored scoops. If you haven’t tried the famous Treat Dreams ice cream shop in Ferndale, then you are in for a treat. They serve up some of the best ice cream in town including alcohol and vegan flavored scoops. Make sure to drop in and say hi to the boys this Sunday.

Then, in just a few weeks, you can catch them live at the Loving Touch in Ferndale with Duende, another local artist we can’t wait to see more of! The show is on October 5th and starts at 8 p.m.

Check out Passalaqua’s latest music video here and make sure to come out to get your scoop this Sunday!